June 1, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world — and your own backyard

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QUOTED: “An entire generation of children was basically poisoned.”

— Dr. Lynn Mielke says the use of mercury in vaccines is behind a huge spike in the number of autistic children (story #9, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Iraq’s tests of coyote poison surface”
[o2] “Anti-war sailor lifts foes of Iraq policy”
[o3] “‘Pirate’ radio station is A Clear Channel stunt”

WORLD
[o4] “On Turkish TV, women face life and death”
[o5] “Excuses, denials, hostility”
[o6] “Somali battle rages over choice of capital”
[o7] “E.U. hopes grim photos on packets will deter smokers”

NATION
[o8] “Surprise: AGs in 34 states back reporters’ rights in Plame case”
[o9] “A child’s return from autism”
[10] “Lesbian wins co-parenting rights to partner’s newborn daughter”

MILITARY BASE POLLUTION
[11] “Williams cleanup hits a wall”
[12] “Shut bases could get nuclear waste”

UZBEKISTAN
[13] “Uzbek activists held in new sweep”
[14] “Uzbek hostage describes brutality of rebellion, aftermath”
[15] “Independent media face reprisals after Andijan unrest”

ENVIRONMENT
[16] “Leaked G8 draft angers green groups”
[17] “S.F. rolls out green carpet for World Environment Day”
[18] “The fuel that’s locked in ice”

VIEWPOINT
[19] “A conflict of vision?”

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TOP STORIES

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“Iraq’s tests of coyote poison surface”
The Oregonian, May 28, 2005

A congressman said that a highly toxic pest-control poison should be banned for its “staggering” potential as a terrorist weapon.

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“Anti-war sailor lifts foes of Iraq policy”
San Francisco Chronicle, May 28, 2005

As activists celebrate the lenient sentence of a conscientious objector, the military worries others will follow suit.

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“‘Pirate’ radio station is a Clear Channel stunt”
MTV.com, May 27, 2005

An Ohio pirate radio website that insults Clear Channel radio was revealed to be a promotional stunt for the media monolith.

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WORLD

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“On Turkish TV, women face life and death”
Women’s ENews, May 24, 2005

Two women’s talk shows that targeted domestic violence were canceled after a guest was murdered by her own son.

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“Excuses, denials, hostility”
Toronto Star, May 28, 2005

Canadian provincial governments illegally deny public information requests by reporters, according to a report.

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“Somali battle rages over choice of capital”
Guardian (U.K.) May 31, 2005

Nearly 20 people were killed in fighting by warlords who oppose a plan to move the capital from Mogadishu to Baidoa.

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“E.U. hopes grim photos on packets will deter smokers”
Reuters, May 27, 2005

The grisly photos on cigarette packs are part of an expensive European campaign to “de-glamorize” smoking.

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NATION

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“Surprise: AGs in 34 states back reporters’ rights in Plame case”
Associated Press, May 27, 2005

A Republican from Utah is leading a bipartisan group that will file a Supreme Court brief supporting the use of anonymous sources.

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“A child’s return from autism”
San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 2005

Critics blame a massive spike in autistic children on the use of mercury as a vaccine preservative.

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“Lesbian wins full co-parenting rights to partner’s newborn daughter”
Associated Press, May 26, 2005

A lesbian couple married in Canada and pregnant through an anonymous sperm donor won parental recognition in New Jersey.

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MILITARY BASE POLLUTION

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“Williams cleanup hits a wall”
Arizona Republic, May 28, 2005

EPA officials lashed out at an Air Force decision to end cleanup of jet fuel that has seeped into groundwater near an Arizona base.

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“Shut bases could get nuclear waste”
Boston Globe, May 28, 2005

Under an obscure provision, many military bases slated for closure could become temporary repositories for nuclear waste.

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UZBEKISTAN

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“Uzbek activists held in new sweep”
BBC (U.K.), May 30, 2005

A climate of fear has taken hold in Uzbekistan following the killing of hundreds of protesters, and the arrest of dozens more.

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“Uzbek hostage survivor describes brutality of rebellion, its aftermath”
Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2005

New testimony claims a jailbreak in Uzbekistan was planned by friends and family, not terrorists, as the government contends.

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“Independent media face reprisals after Andijan unrest”
Integrated Regional Information Networks, May 26, 2005

Journalists whose reporting contradicted the government version of the May 13 protestor killings were called “traitors.”

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ENVIRONMENT

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“Leaked G8 draft angers green groups”
Guardian (U.K.), May 28, 2005

Greenpeace and other groups denounced a draft G8 statement on climate change, saying it offered no concrete steps.

[17]

“S.F. rolls out green carpet for World Environment Day”
Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2005

San Francisco will host mayors from around the world in a celebration of “green cities” and the U.N.’s 60th anniversary.

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“The fuel that’s locked in ice”
Globe and Mail, May 27, 2005

Natural gas hydrates could be an abundant alternative energy source, if they can be extracted safely from the ocean.

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VIEWPOINT

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“A conflict of vision?”
Chicago Defender, May 27, 2005

Blacks should see Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as role models rather than criticizing them, writes Lee H. Walker.

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